Movies, TV

The A-Team Is Freaking Me Out

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Almost as soon as I signed off on Friday afternoon, the first official cast shot of the new A-Team movie got passed out. It’s up above, and I would be lying to you if I said it hadn’t been bothering me all weekend? Why? Well, I guess I hadn’t anticipated yet another modern movie of an ’80s show to try quite so hard to have the new cast look like the old cast. Seriously, Brandon Cooper as Face? Perfect. Rampage Jackson as Mr. T/B.A. Baracus? Also perfect. That District 9 guy as Howlin’ Mad Murdock? So perfect it freaks me out. And then they’ve somehow transformed Liam Neeson as the spitting image of George Peppard as Hannibal. I mean, absolutely. Liam Neeson. Has been made to look like a popular TV actor from the ’80s, on purpose, and this has been achieved beyond anyone’s imagination.

This is kind of terrifying, people. I mean, when the only difference between the old A-Team and the new A-Team is that the new B.A. Baracus isn’t wearing gold chains, there’s either something terribly wrong or terribly right. And if it’s terribly right, I’ll bet my ass that it somehow turns horribly wrong — maybe not in this movie, but by the Airwolf remake for sure. (Via Comingsoon)

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.